Jailed for sexually abusing step bother and step sister

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

A man who sexually abused his step brother and step sister can be named for the first time after the victims waived their right to anonymity.

Sean Ciaran James Coyle was jailed for a total of 26 months after admitted abusing two children.

The 23-year-old, of Danesfort Crescent, pleaded guilty to twelve sex offences committed between January 2004 and September 2009.

They include indecent assault on a male, incitement to commit gross indecency, indecent assault and attempted indecent assault on a female.

He also admitted charges of sexual assault.

Derry Crown Court heard Coyle was under 18 when he sexually assaulted his step brother and step sister.

The boy was aged between eight and nine at the time of the abuse and the girl was between 14 and 16. The court heard the 23-year-old had sexually corrupted the girl and opened that world to her against her will’.

He began tickling her and getting into bed beside her when she was 14. The court was told his behaviour escalated as time went on and he sexually assaulted her.

The defendant touched the girl over and under her clothes.

The victim always asked him to stop and told him she did not want him to touch her.

The court was told the girl remembered thinking why has he done this but said she was ‘never one for confrontation’.

She eventually confided in her boyfriend that she had been sexually abused and he told her family.

It was at this stage the abuse of her brother came to light. The court heard Coyle had touched the boy on the upper leg and his crotch.

He also asked him to perform a sex act on him. However, the boy refused.

Passing sentence, Judge Philip Babington said ‘what began as horseplay escalated into sexual exploitation and gratuitous abuse’.

He said he had read victim impact reports on both victims and it is clear ‘they have suffered and continued to so’ as a result of the abuse.

The judge said it was a ‘breach of trust’ case and involved serious offences which caused ‘real harm’ to the victims. He added that Coyle ‘accepted full responsibility’ for the abuse and accepts the ‘offences were committed for his own gratification’.

Judge Babington jailed the 23-year-old for a total of 26 months, half of which will be spent in custody and half on licence.

Coyle must also sign the sex offenders register for ten years.